Labour and employment in Mexico

Baker McKenzie Abogados, S.C.

Baker McKenzie Abogados, S.C. 's powerful 30-strong practice handles the full range of labour, employment and social security matters and has the capacity to undertake complex mandates such as cross-border workforce restructuring and complex disputes and investigations. Moreover,  the practice group has an unequalled geographic spread and, with Monterrey-based partner Ricardo Castro at the helm, demonstrates ‘a complete understanding of the industry’. The team recently advised Lowe's regarding over 1,800 terminations in 13 stores, a distribution centre and the company's corporate headquarters, across seven Mexican states - a mandate requiring the simultaneous participation of 50 of the firm's lawyers. Other key practice figures include principal partners Manuel LimonRene X Perez-Ruiz (in Tijuana), and 'true business partner' Salvador Pasquel; twenty-five-year labour veteran Alfonso Garcia-Lozano (in Monterrey); 'knowledgeable and experienced' Mexico City office managing partner, Ma. Del Rosario Lombera-Gonzalez ; Javiera Medina (‘an extraordinary lawyer') and Carlos R Martin Del Campo, in Tijuana; Raul Lara in Monterrey, Manuel Calderon-Niño and Liliana Hernández who was elected partner in January 2020. Senior associate Gabriel Ortiz, who coordinates the firm's Mexico-Spain labour initiative; and associate María José Casillas, in the Guadalajara office, are also noted. All lawyers are in Mexico City unless otherwise stated. Since publication, Lara has moved to the Monterrey-headquartered Fregamo & Vasaf and Ortiz has been raised to the partnership (both effective as of January 2021).

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Castro

Testimonials

Baker & Mckenzie definitely has a strong team of attorneys, with a great sense of urgency and that provides simple options to organizations. Javiera Medina Reza is an extraordinary attorney. With a lot of experience in labour matters, who at all times provides spectacular attention. A partner in the area, she personally attends to many matters which are delegated at other offices.

First of all, they have a complete understanding of the industry we are a part of, as well as our operational needs; which of course is complemented with its comprehensive and preventive services. Salvador Pasquel is the one who leads the labor group and coordinates all the services provided in other areas and countries. He is for us a true business partner rather than an external consultant. Maria del Rosario Lombera is likewise one of the lawyers with the most knowledge and experience at the national level in matters of Social Security. BM’s labour practice always goes beyond the concept of providing comprehensive advice, since they cover both social security and tax aspects, which of course is of great help to us in making decisions.

Always focused on the preventive side and having truly national coverage, it is of great help to us to be able to know the practices the firm has in the cities where our 24 operations are located. The firm’s deep knowledge of labour matters and has immediate availability and service attitude, regardless of the circumstances of date or time.’

Key clients

APACIM

Bio Pappel

CP Ingredientes

Dal-Tile

Leoni

Lowe’s

Mattel Mexico

Ryder Capital

Takeda/Shire

Waters

Work highlights

  • Advised cement producer Apacim before social security institute IMSS and public housing fund agency INFONAVIT in relation to an employer substitution process involving 2,700 workers.
  • Advised an auto parts manufacturer – a major employer in Mexico with 42 plants and more than 70,000 employees in Mexico – on complex union negotiations with a Union that rapidly turned acrimonious due to external interventions encouraging illegal work-stoppages and strikes.
  • Advising CP Ingredientes on an accounting procedure derived from the collective bargaining agreement ownership claim of the collective agreement applicable to the company’s plant in Naucalpan in the State of Mexico.
  • Advised flooring retailer Dal-Tile, which has over 250 locations nationwide, on a complex social security legal proceeding against the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS).
  • Assisted Lowe’s with the closure of its operations throughout Mexico; coordinating over 1,800 terminations in 13 stores, a distribution center and the company’s corporate headquarters, across seven Mexican states.

Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C.

Highly respected senior partner, Jorge De Presno (collective and individual labour, employment and social security law), and Monterrey-based Alvaro Gonzalez (labour planning and consultancy, labour strategies), co-lead the heavyweight labour and employment department at Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C., which fields a practice group of over 30 lawyers spread across the firm's León, Mexico City, Monterrey and Querétaro offices. It advises on the full range of labour and social security issues, including labour consulting, restructurings and transfers, lay-offs, collective negotiation, litigation, day-to-day issues and strategy, among other matters. Recent mandates include advising TI Automotive on it labour restructuring process involving facilities in San Luis Potosi, Reynosa, Puebla and Mexico City; other matters include union disputes, constructive termination and wrongful dismissal cases, and subcontracting regime issues. Additional key figures in the practice include tax partners Gil Zenteno and Gerardo Nieto who both handle social security matters and consulting. Key practice support comes from seniors Luis Álvarez (labour consulting and litigation), and Santiago Villanueva (who has deep expertise in social security matters); associates Jorge Luis Durán and Sofía Gómez are also noted. Since publication, the firm has further strengthened the practice with the hire of David Puente-Tostado from Sánchez Devanny, effective as of May 2021.

Key clients

Morgan Stanley

Barclays Bank

Nacional Financiera SNC

TAMSA

AMPCO Pittsburgh

British Petroleum

Bank of America

UBS

Thompson & Knight

VF Corporation

Grupo Mexicano de Seguros (GMX)

Gym Pack

TI Automotive

Honda

Becton Dickinson

Arizona Beverages

Work highlights

  • Advised Morgan Stanley on labour compliance, the implementation of a subcontracting scheme (in the light of recent legislative amendments inthe area), and on the design of a new corporate / labour structure.
  • Advising Barclays Bank in  on-going litigation brought by former Lehman Brothers employees in Mexico claiming a surrogate employment relationship with Barclays deriving from its purchase of  Lehman’s assets in the wake of the latter’s bankruptcy filing.
  • Advising AMPCO Pittsburgh in on-going litigation brought by a former service provider claiming an employment relationship.
  • Currently advising BP on matters including due diligence support on its expansion process in the Mexican gasoline retail market, involving more than 200 separate due diligence processes and the negotiation, execution or termination of the same number of collective bargaining agreements with various unions.
  • Counsel to Grupo Mexicano de Seguros in a labour restructuring process involving the company’s union and deriving from legal provisions of the new collective bargaining agreement.

Marván, González Graf y González Larrazolo, S.C. (MGGL)

Sizeable and specialized, boutique firm Marván, González Graf y González Larrazolo, S.C. (MGGL) is very much at the forefront of labour-law service provision in Mexico. A six-partner-strong practice group leads a team of over 50 qualified lawyers that focuses primarily on complex, sensitive and strategic labour and employment matters ranging from disputes and collective bargaining, to transactional labour matters and corporate labour restructuring; indeed, it is particularly well regarded for both collective bargaining and its contentious capabilities, recently representing several clients in the Supreme Court and also acting as expert witness in international arbitration cases. The practice is also a leading referral destination for corporate law firms lacking a labour and employment offering. Senior partners Héctor González Graf, who focuses on the labour aspects of corporate transactions and -particularly- restructurings is recommended both for his ‘knowledge' and 'the simplicity with which he communicates with his clients’, and Santiago Marván Urquiza (labour consulting and dispute resolution), co-lead the practice with younger partner Nelson Guerrero Robles (labour disputes and transactional advisory). Additional key practitioners include 'eminent' senior figure Héctor González Larrazolo (labour consulting, disputes and transactional matters), and specialised litigators Emilio Israel Garzón Juárez and Cristian Jesús Lamas Peregrina. Associates Beatriz Higareda, head of the Guadlajara office Genaro Pérez Velázquez, and Oscar Alberto Bojorge are also noted.

Testimonials

Their closeness to the client, their speed of response, their readiness to understand needs, the quality of their responses, the follow-up to the issues, and the objective and accurate advice make them not only outstanding but experts: Hector Gonzalez Graff, Nelson Guerrero, Paulina Mendietta.

‘Héctor Gonzalez Graff and his team are distinguished by their personalised service. I can affirm that throughout the years of being our advisers on labour matters, their advice is always punctual and accurate. Héctor has very good knowledge of us as clients and keeps us updated. Their level of specialization in labor issues in our country undoubtedly make them experts.’

The partners are always available and are experts in the labour field. All partners and lawyers are very professional and available in the care of labour matters with extensive experience in the sector. Its high quality in service, attention and knowledge of the matter makes this law firm specialists in labour matters, one of the firms with the greatest efficiency and attention in different industries.

The capacity and knowledge of the firm’s lawyers make the follow-up and attention of assigned cases excellent. Dr. Héctor Gonzalez Graf demonstrates high knowledge of labour matters and the simplicity with which he communicates with his clients makes his treatment pleasant; his management of the team makes the customer service clear and precise.

‘Oscar Bojorge: his availability and attention is undoubtedly exceptional.

The office provides high quality services, it is available at all times and the consulting, as well as the execution of work, are carried out based on the needs of the company and applicable legislation. The team constantly proposes effective solutions, in the short and long term.’

The people who make up the team, provide advice and personalized attention at all times, and do so with experience and specialization; the advice provided always has a “pro-business” approach. Partners: Cristian Lamas Peregrina and Paulina Mendieta.’

The legal services of the firm are outstanding since they are personalised, professional, on time and of quality. They always have a timely and adequate response, which is a great advantage because if an attorney is not available, there will be someone else who can give a prompt and professional response.’

Key clients

Citibank

Avon Mexicana

Randstad

Nissan Mexicana

Zurich Mexico

HSBC

Royal & Sun Alliance / SURA

Mead Johnson

Procter & Gamble

Walmart

Santamarina y Steta

Santamarina y Steta fields a 20-strong labour department that operates form the firm's Mexico City, Monterrey and Querétaro offices. Juan Carlos de la Vega (Monterrey and Mexico City) and Andrés Rodríguez - considered by some as ‘one of the best labour lawyers in Mexico'- co-head the team, which provides high-level expertise regarding transactional matters, collective bargaining agreements, health and safety, social security and litigation. The firm is currently representing a number of clients (in various sectors), against a series of cases by national unions seeking to obtain recognition as representative of significant employee numbers, and hence party to the respective collective bargaining agreements. Employee / union conflict specialist Pedro Velasco and Francisco Udave (who specialises in representing management in high-profile cases filed by top executives) are also key practice partners. A strong associate group includes Álvaro Álvarez (collective and individual labour matters, both advisory and contentious), who was promoted to counsel in January 2020; senior associates Víctor Hugo Coria (in Querétaro) and Ernesto de la Puente; and associates Raquel Ortiz and Nicolás Acevedo in Monterrey. However, former senior Miguel Ángel Cantú moved to Chevez, Ruiz, Zamarripa y Cia SC as practice director in March 2020.

Testimonials

The Santamarina and Steta labour team is a strong team, very united, with impressive communication between them and with their clients; they’re always true partners of their clients, where any company can feel safe being represented by them and with the tranquility that they will act under the highest standards of integrity.

Their knowledge of the matter and their relationship with the labour authority has been critical in the issues they have faced. They give excellent results both in day-to-day matters and in extremely delicate and complex matters. Partner Andrés Rodríguez is one of the best labour lawyers in Mexico.

In addition to his great capacity as a litigator and consultant on the matter, Andrés has known how to mentor high-level lawyers within his team and lawyers who are now partners in top-level law firms. Andes is an innovative, intelligent, proactive lawyer, but above all reliable. In turn, Ernesto de la Puente, who is an associate in the firm, is a very talented lawyer, always looking for options on how to get the best result in the correct way, his answers being of high quality and efficiency.

Santamarina & Steta advises on labor matters to several of the group’s universities, mainly UVM. In my opinion, a very good office, with experience in the education sector. In my opinion, the labour partner Andrés Rodríguez is one of the best labour professionals the country has, he has excellent labour criteria, he is a good litigator.

Key clients

Endeavour Silver

Teksid Hierro de Mexico

PKC Group

Absormex

Endeavour Mexico

Grupo Mexico

GM Financial

Pfizer Mexico

Laureate International Universities

Universidad del Valle de Mexico

General Motors de México

Home Depot Mexico

Inteva Mexico

Martinrea Internacional

Chevron Mexico

Industrias John Deere

Petronas

Work highlights

  • Representing Canadian mining company Endeavour Silver in a union conflict at the Bolañitos mine in Guanajuato brought by the National Mining Union.
  • Representing automotive parts manufacturers Teksid Hierro de México and PKC Group in  suits brought by the National Mining Union which seeks to have itself recognised as a representative of the majority of the companies’ employees, a step with considerable potential industry-wide impact.
  • Lead counsel to Absormex in a suit by the National Petrochemical Union seeking recognition as a representative of a majority of the company’s employees and a party to their collective-bargaining agreement.
  • Representing Pfizer in approximately 30 lawsuits; it is also advising the company with regards to a strike notice process.
  • Representing and assisting Unilever in more than 200 individual lawsuits, as well as some union matters.

Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C.

Increasingly operating as a stand-alone practice as well as a key component of the firm's reputed transactional capabilities, Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C.'s labour and employment practice stands out for having ‘knowledge of both national and international issues, as well as great knowledge in labour matters and general knowledge of other subjects - which gives a broader vision of the matter’. The 13-lawyer team is led by experienced partner Francisco Peniche, who handles a mix of corporate support and standalone labour matters including advice on collective bargaining agreements, compensation schemes, training and litigation. Recent mandates include a number of significant employee transfers for firms including Continental, Teva, Acco Brands and Hanon Systems; as well as the fomalization of WeWork's labour structure, including over 30 collective-bargaining agreements. Senior associates Julio Alvarez, who handles the coordination of transactional labour matters, and Alicia Abúndez in Monterrey are also highlighted.

Practice head(s):

Francisco Peniche

Testimonials

They have considerable experience in corporate restructuring and their advice on labour matters is out of the ordinary.

A more financial approach compared to the rest of the labour lawyers. Notable partner Francisco Peniche Beguerisse. Creel’s labour law team is exceptional. Francisco Peniche has extensive experience in labor matters. He is practical but at the same time he pays attention to every detail.

Francisco Peniche is a lawyer who, in addition to labour matters, has experience in M&A matters, which is a plus. Knowledge of how to apply Mexican labour law to policies of foreign companies.

We’d highlight partner: Francisco Peniche, and associates Alicia Abundez and Julio Alvarez.

I like how they work, in the sense that they give practical advice, and not simply explain what the law says. Compared to other more traditional firms, you can see that they are used to working with international clients and attending to their demands and needs. We work mainly with Francisco Peniche, partner, who as I said gives practical advice, on time, in very good English, and in a very professional and understandable way for someone unfamiliar with the Mexican legal system.

We have also worked with Julio Alvarez and Valentina Ahumada. It is a team of lawyers with a business vision, even when the labour issue does not always allow it, they seek to be allies. Knowledge, both in national and international issues, as well as great knowledge in labour matters and general knowledge of other subjects, which give a broader vision in the attention of a matter.

Key clients

Continental AG

Toshiba

Goldman Sachs

Alcon/Novartis

ACCO Brands

IBM

We Work

GE Appliances

Marriott

Willis Towers Watson

Work highlights

  • Represented Continental in the carve-out of its Powertrain business involving the transfer of over 5,000 employees from different legal entities.
  • Represented Hanon Systems on a standalone mandate involving the planning and implementation of the transfer of approximately 500 employees; the advice included  an employer substitution that achieved significant savings in social security contributions.
  • Counsel to L Catterton on its investment in  Grupo MYT, a Mexican restaurants portfolio with over 900 employees, and involving analysis of both the employment structure and compensation scheme of the business.
  • Advised Alcon/Novartis on the planning and implementation of a transfer of 250 employees from Novartis to Alcon as part of the spin-off of the latter.

Littler Mexico

The local office of the international labour specialist firm, Littler Mexico fields a 19-strong team operating from offices in Monterrey and Mexico City which handles the full range of employment matters, contentious and advisory, and is acclaimed by clients for ‘its great knowledge of the complexity of Mexico's labour laws’ and its ‘vision of the business’. Standing out for his ‘commitment and dedication to clients’, managing partner and skilled litigator León Rodriguez leads the team. He and fellow partners Mónica Schiaffino (restructuring, collective bargaining, employee compliance policy reviews, internal labour regulations; pension plans and compliance), and David Leal (who heads up the social security and administrative procedures departments), all operate freely from both offices as required. Recent mandates have predominantly involved employee transfer matters, along with plant closures, union strategies, collective conflicts and strike settlement. A strong second line of support if provided by senior associates Tania Terrazas and Estefania Rueda, who focus on labour advisory, compensation and benefits; and Jorge Galeano and -in Monterrey- Luis H Cortés Salazar, who focus on complex labour litigation.

Practice head(s):

León Rodríguez

Testimonials

The personalised and ever ready attention of the members of the firm. In my experience it is not to be compared to other law firms. Their fast and effective attention goes direct to the question of the issues we have.

They give great confidence in their advice and have high availability, they respond very quickly. Strong knowledge in labour matters, practices and being at the forefront of changes to laws and impact on global companies. Monica Schiaffino is very professional, very competent and reliable.

The Littler team has great knowledge of the complexity of Mexico’s labour laws and has helped us in highly complex labour lawsuits. People are very dedicated and have great knowledge of Motorola’s operation in Mexico. Their attorneys show empathy with the needs of my company, at the time of issuing a labour legal analysis on a subject.’

The world vision of the business that this firm has is the added value above other firms; as well as the commitment and dedication that its managing partner, León Rodriguez, has shown before the needs of my company.’

The attorneys who assist me in Littler are all very knowledgeable of labour and employment related matters, provide practical advices and are very responsive, being able to respond and act in the time I need to move things fast. I work with Luis Cortes in litigation matters and Monica Schiaffino in labour related counseling and they are both very good in their areas of expertise – very responsive and always available to support their clients.

As points in favor: the specialization in labour matters and social security, the prestige of the firm, the effectiveness and timeliness of its responses and advice, kindness and proactivity.

In our case, we have worked directly with David Leal, who has shown significant progress even within the firm. He knows labour matters both in technical matters and in practice, and his advice and answers are assertive and timely. He has a cordial and pleasant treatment. All of this builds trust. His specialization is labour matters.’

Leon Rodriguez his experience and business vision, David Leal his experience and confidence that he transmits, Luis Cortes his extensive experience in labor litigation and Ignacio Bermudez his expertise in labor matters. Partner León Juan Rodriguez, excellent service , a first-rate lawyer with all the experience in the field. Vision focused on results, conflict resolution and effective management of client resources. High specialty in labour matters, international presence, top-level lawyers with knowledge, experience and management in the work environment of the country. The organization of update events for the client are top notch.

Mowat - Deloitte

Considered by some as ‘the best labour law firm in Mexico’, heavyweight specialists Mowat, Rechtlich & Gentan surprised the market in May 2020 by entering into an association with Deloitte to become Mowat - Deloitte. The 50-strong team operates -at least to date- from offices in Mexico City, Guadalajara and Los Cabos, and its lawyers are noted for their ‘excellent market knowledge', 'personalised service' and for 'solving labour problems with a corporate mentality'. Indeed, the team is 'characterized by... being very good at reconciling labour disputes', as well as having a leading reputation for advising on collective and individual labour and employment issues, social security and, particularly, collective bargaining agreements. The practice is led by four partners with complimentary practices. Founding partner Claudio Marroquin Mowat and Octavio Novaro Holguin who handle individual and collective labour conflicts, and consultancy, respectively. The much-lauded German de la Garza De Vecchi (who ‘literally reads’ client's minds), focuses on the design, preparation and negotiation of collective bargaining agreements; while Victor Manuel Avila Estudillo undertakes individual labour matters as well as in individual and collective labour consulting. Leading support comes from former junior partner, now practice director Victor Manuel López Bucio, and dual-qualified (Mexico and Germany) senior associate Mauricio Foeth, who are both also noted.

Testimonials

There is excellent communication between the lawyers. Their customer service is exceptional. They have excellent market knowledge and exceptional trading skills. Plus – we receive excellent attention from all their staff, they give excellent follow-up to assigned cases. German de la Garza is recommended.

Mowat stands out for being a highly specialized firm in labour issues in all its branches: individual, collective, social security, etc.

They provide a personalised service, with a high sense of ethics. Germán de la Garza is an expert in labour issues and he knows us as a client deeply, which gives him a competitive advantage to go one step ahead in the definition of strategies, projects, etc. He is our main contact and he assigns us the lawyers on his team, Germán already literally reads our minds, we are super coordinated and he is always there for us.

‘It is a firm specialized in the labour sector, with a very good litigation area. The firm is characterized by having excellent customer service, and being very good at reconciling labour disputes.

Definitely, Mowat is the best labour law firm we have in Mexico, it has a very specific level of expertise and the lawyers solve labour problems / issues with a corporate mentality so as to support clients and always with an attitude of being able to do things. Our experience with each of the attorneys has been excellent and they have enough attorneys to handle all of our issues.’

The Mowat team is very professional and what makes them unique is that they understand our needs and that they are always willing to improve; because at the end of the day we’re human and we have natural differences, but what we have is that trust and transparency to express differences and the Mowat team is always receptive and willing to review any situation! We have a very consolidated relationship and we both know that we want the same objective, we are aligned and we share the same corporate values.’

Key clients

L’Oreal

Acciona

Talos Energy

Mondelez (Salinas Plant – Monterrey Hub).

Bridgestone de México

Thor Urbana (Ritz Carlton project)

Shell

Pandora

Seguros Monterrey / New York Life

Armstrong

Work highlights

  • Advised L’ Oreal on all issues related to the reform of the Federal Labour Law in Mexico; and subsequently to implement changes required by said reform.
  • Advising Acciona on all issues related to its union relationships, including participation in collective litigation.
  • Advising Shell on all labour legal issues, mainly in relation to the development of a union structure, as well as to handle any individual conflicts that may arise.

Sánchez Devanny

Clients appreciate the ‘excellent personalized service’ and ‘full understanding of both the needs of the company and the Mexican market’ provided by Sánchez Devanny's labour and employment department. The 18-strong team, regularly advises clients -particularly from the energy and automotive sectors- on labour, immigration and social security matters. It is co-led by Alfredo Kupfer-Dominguez in Mexico City, a recognized market expert and ‘opinion leader on the subject’; and Monterrey-based David Puente-Tostado. Recent matters include undertaking an analysis of the labour (and tax) legal effects of Enel's buisness structure, including over 40 legal entities in Mexico, in order to comply with new labour subcontracting requirements. Key support comes from senior associate Fermin Lecumberri-Cano (labour advisory and litigation), and associate María Fernanda Castellanos, who also has labour litigation experience. Since publication, Puente-Tostado has left for Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C., effective as of May 2021.

Practice head(s):

Alfredo Kupfer-Domínguez

Testimonials

Excellent personalized service with full understanding of both the needs of the company and the Mexican market. Personalised service approach, openness to work under different fee schemes, specialized knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry / medical devices.

Their knowledge of legal / labour matters is excellent and they are always up to date with updates on the law and labour practices. In addition to the extensive and timely knowledge; the network of contacts and connections they have helps a lot in handling matters. Especially speaking of Alfredo Kupfer who I consider to be an opinion leader on the subject and he is with whom I work directly. The other team members are excellent too, but I work directly with Alfredo.

Availability, they are not shown to be mercantilist even when fees are important. Special mention in order:- Alfredo Kupfer; Guillermo Villaseñor; Jimena Robles; Maria Castellanos. It is a consolidated team and the firm has within it different areas in which to provide support and legal advice. They are always open to our concerns and show empathy with our doubts, queries or legal demands.

Key clients

FCA

Enel Energy

Sonova

Repsol

Bayer – Monsanto

ATCO

EDP Renewables

Hyundai Mobis

Ingersoll Rand

Bendix

Work highlights

  • Advising ATCO on day-to-day matters including labour, social security and immigration advice and assistance; as well as regarding the planning and execution of its collective labour structure at various energy generation sites; where they operation in the country; and on negotiations with different unions so as to conclude new collective bargaining agreements.
  • Advising Emirates Airlines on labour and employment matters related to the slot obtained in the Mexico City airport, so as to open a new route from Mexico City to Dubai, via Barcelona; including advice on the collective labour obligations arising from the new regulations in Mexico.
  • Assisiting Ikea with the future opening of stores that will hire an average of 400 employees each, as well as with planning the structure whereby the employees will choose a union that will negotiate with Ikea on the collective bargaining agreement that will cover the future stores.

Cuesta Campos y Asociados S.C.

Cuesta Campos y Asociados S.C. fields a 12-strong group of ‘trusted advisors, very responsive and knowledgeable', with practice head Gerardo Valencia, in particular, praised for his ‘impeccable delivery time and follow-up on ongoing matters’. The department, in which corporate practitioners Azucena Marín and Hugo Cuesta  also participate, primarily handles matters for foreign clients and their local subsidiaries; recent mandates have included cross-border transactional support, collective labour strategies and bargaining agreements, merger-related labour due diligence, executive employee terminations, and profit-sharing schemes, among other matters. Key associate support comes from labour litgator, Karla Jiménez.

Practice head(s):

Gerardo Valencia

Testimonials

Trusted advisors, very responsive and knowledgeable.

Gerardo Valencia, Azucena Marin and Hugo Cuesta have been invaluable in their support and knowledge. They are knowledgeable on the law, the practice and the political realities. In particular, Mr Gerardo Valencia has the qualities of: attention to detail, knowledge of his area and what it entails, and its relationship with other branches of law; impeccable delivery time and follow-up on pending issues.

They advise clearly and resolve doubts with extensive knowledge of the work area. It compares very favourably with other firms’ advisors, very responsive and knowledgeable.

Key clients

Lixil

PepsiCo

Rappi

Motus Technologies

Leco

EPAM

Wizeline

Brightcove

Hunstman

Toyo Ink

Work highlights

  • Advised Motus Technologies in a high-level investigation, audit report and subsequent termination of employees.
  • Advised Rappi on the negotiation of a new collective bargaining agreement with its union.
  • Advised EPAM on the revision and redesign of its labour structure and the review and updating of its internal labour regulations to be in compliance with Federal Labour Law.
  • Advised PepsiCo on a new compensation system, regarding the employees’ savings, specifically related to their savings fund; as well as on day-to-day labour and employment needs, including consulting on social security matters, outsourcing structure of the company, individual hiring aspects, modifications to the accidents scheme and termination processes, among others.

De la Vega & Martínez Rojas, S.C.

Founded in 2016, specialist boutique De la Vega & Martínez Rojas, S.C. is now around 40-strong. Its innovative and creative practice, coupled with 'deep knowledge of labour and migration matters' -including day-to-day advice, litigation, collective bargaining, and social security- has seen it as successfully establish its market credentials and relevancy. Past matters include advising Wal-Mart on negotiations concerning a threatened national stoppage related to employment conditions; and Aeromexico in negotiations over a revised collective bargaining agreement for pilots. Name partners Oscar De La Vega ('high profile') and social security expert Ricardo Martínez Rojas are very well regarded, as is immigration expert Edgar Mayorga. Partner in charge of the administration of the labour litigation caseload at the firm, Enrique García Conde, and 40-year labour-litigation veteran Luis Rolando Santos , who handles both individual and collective disputes, are also noted; as are senior associates Rogelio Camarillo  and Arturo Jaramillo. The firm also continues to grow, with Marco Antonio Gaxiola Lazcano, formerly in-house as head of contentious matters at Wallgreens Boots Alliance, arriving in January 2020.

EC Rubio

EC Legal Rubio Villegas has a well-resourced, 12-strong team led jointly from its offices in Querétaro, Mexico City and Ciudad Juárez by veteran labour specialist Javier Canseco, Perla Arreola and Isaac Corral-Manjarrez (who replaces Rogelio Sanchez), respectively. The team provides a full-spectrum labour offering to clients, particularly multinationals in the industrial, manufacturing and maquiladora sectors. Additional, specialist partner-level input comes from Ana María Becerra (who focuses on due diligence processes and preventative and regulatory matters), and Roberto Alvarez-Malo (labour due diligence, litigation and union negotiations); Querétaro-based, both have over 20 years' practice experience. Recent work includes the establishment of short-term incentive plans, labour litigation, the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, and terminations. Experienced senior associate Elisa Cortés del Castillo, in México City, is also noted; however, former fellow senior, Chihuahua-based Jorge Gardea, left the firm in February 2020.

Testimonials

EC legal’s team of lawyers have the skills and knowledge to provide effective and timely advice to their clients. For their capacity and knowledge of the region, practices and law: Javier Canseco and Roberto Alvarez Malo.

The partners are very efficient, reliable and up-to-date professional, who express recommendations to have better agreements, taking care of the interests of the company, but being fair and respecting the law. Their scope, knowledge, contact and close relationship and knowledge of the business sector all stand out.

Key clients

Avery Dennison

Solenis

Yangfeng Automotive Interiors

Guardian Industries

Bombardier

Work highlights

  • Advised Solenis on the labour transfer process involved in the company’s tie-up with BASF’s paper wet-end and water chemicals business in Altamira, Mexico
  • Onging advice and representation of Avery Dennison in all labour and employment matters related to its plants in Mexico (Mexico City, Cd Juárez, Querétaro, and Monterrey).
  • Advised Yangfeng Automotive Interiors on various matters including its long-term union plan and labour contingency risk analysis in light of the Federal labour law reforms.

Hogan Lovells

The Mexican office of Hogan Lovells fields a 15-strong team that provides a comprehensive labour offering to clients from  a broad range of industries; this includes corporate support, as well as representation on individual and collective disputes before both federal and local conciliation and arbitration boards. Key partner Hugo Hernández-Ojeda has over 25 years' experience across consultancy and litigation (individual and collective), union negotiations, pensions, social security and restructuring, among other matters. First line support comes from 40-year labour law veteran Luis Ruiz Gutiérrez (consultancy and litigation, both individual and collective); along with experienced counsels Luis Adrián Rosas Ortega and Mary Carmen Fuertes - primarily litigation and consultancy focused, respectively. Recent mandates have predominantly involved labour restructuring processes -in part as a result of 2018 labour legislation reform- with other matters including union certification disputes, discrimination complaints, termination processes and day-to-day advisory.  Senior associate Oswaldo Chávez Uribe is also noted.

Key clients

Iberia Líneas Aéreas de España

Ford Motor Company

Bacardi& Co

Coca Cola FEMSA

The Walt Disney Co

Patron Spirits Mexico

Spotify

Chubb Seguros

Credit Agricole

Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec (CDPQ)

Work highlights

  • Advising Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec (CDPQ) on the restructuring of its internal labour and employment procedures in order to reduce labour risks in its Mexican operation.
  • Advised Coca Cola Femsa on a labor restructuring of a flexibility project involving the distribution of beverages, obtaining Labour Board approval for the project and involving the termination of more than 400 union employers.
  • Advising Ford Motor Company with the restructuring of its internal labour and employment procedures so as to minimise risk in its Mexican operation, along with representing the company for the implementation of the SMART Redesign process in Mexico.

Natividad Abogados SC

Celebrating its 40th anniversary, well-regarded boutique Natividad Abogados SC is best known for its profile and expertise in labour litigation, otherwise handling collective matters such as labour audits and strategies, as well as collective disputes and individual labour litigation, along with social security matters and associated administrative litigation. Founding partner Tomás Natividad Sánchez and social security expert Tomás J Natividad enjoy excellent reputations, while Oscar Larios is recommended for collective labour law. Also noted, labour and social security partner, Luis Chávez Pang; the very experienced Alejandro Bravo -formerly a partner at Bufete de Presno y Asociados- and associates Mariel Alejandra Trejo and Christian O Mancilla, who both have over ten years' experience.

Practice head(s):

Tomás Natividad Sánchez

Pizá Abogados

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Pizá Abogados is specialized in labour litigation and consultancy, and also handles labour compliance, the labour aspects of transactional operations, and matters related to audits, inspections and outsourcing. The 20-strong team is led by ‘expert lawyersGabriel Pizá Avilés, who has over 25 years' practice experience; head of the labour consulting practice group, Enrique Ballesteros Alvarado and 30-year veteran Alejandro Díaz Fernández, who heads up the individual and collective labour litigation group. They garner praise for their ‘excellent expertise, high-quality service and response times’. Recent matters include advisory on collective matters, collective bargaining agreements, terminations with cause and labour trials. At the forefront of a sizeable associate team Susana Flores Verlón (labour consultancy),  senior Luis Ardura Latorre (litigation and consulting), and Elena Aranda Villalobos (labour counselling) are all experienced practitioners.

Testimonials

They have excellent expertise, their service is of high quality and very timely in response time. They have diverse alternatives to work problems, availability of time and flexibility to understand the needs of the company.

The personalised attention and follow-up from the partners make a difference in relation to other firms. The experience and knowledge of the partners: Enrique Ballesteros, Alejandro Díaz and Susana Flores – they are professionals, always available, and exceed expectations in everything they do.’

They always anticipate informing and preparing their clients for any market circumstance. For their knowledge, disposition, attention to detail, experience and work ethic I highlight Gabrila Pizá, Enrique Ballesteros Luis Ardua and Alejandro Diaz.’

They get involved not just in labour issues but in the business needs so that makes what the firm delivers optimal. The team is adapted to solve in short term any consultation, plans to regularization and they can do it in our three languages: Spanish, English and German. I have selected them for training purposes and the results have been good. Expert lawyers in their field, they know the legislation, and the work environment too is kept updated. Gabriel Pizá: an expert lawyer always up-to-date in his field, excellent attention, agile and specific. Excellent customer service.’

Key clients

The Coca-Cola Export Corporation

Boehringer Ingelheim Mexico

Willis Towers Watson

Puma México Sport

American Express Mexico

Geodis Wilson México

BASF Mexicana

Johnson Controls

Navistar International

Energold de México

Daimler Financial Services México

Fuller Cosmetics

PriceWaterHouseCoopers

Allergan México

Komatsu México

Niagara Bottling

Atlas Copco

Tupperware México

Grupo WPP

Ogilvy & Mather

Mindshare de México

Air France

IGT Lottery México

Sandvik de México

Grey México

AMECO México

McDonalds

Zoppas Industries

TechMahindra

Compas Mexico

Work highlights

  • Represented American Express in collective labour disputes regarding ownership of the collective bargaining agreement with three active unions.
  • Advised manufacturer Zoppas Industries during the investigation of executive malpractices at the company and a subsequent termination; currently attending the consequent trial.
  • Advised Boehringer Ingelheim on the transfer of employees hired by Anchor to the company.
  • Advised Coca Cola Export on the strategic planning and execution of an internal labour restructure.

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC

The six-strong team at corporate mainstay Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC focuses on collective matters, the labour aspects of transactional operations, strategic advice and litigation, along with -increasingly- labour-related anti-corruption and compliance. Highly recommended by clients for its ‘honesty, clarity and availability’, the team -which is particularly active in the automotive and consumer goods sectors- is led by Rodolfo Trampe (‘excellent attitude of resolution and knowledge in labour matters’), and veteran corporate and labour practitioner, Javier Lizardi, who has over 40 years' experience. Recent matters have primarily concerned reviews of the employment, social security and health and safety conditions at potential acquisition targets, along with subsequent transactional matters, as well as labour law suits and day-to-day advice. Key support comes from senior associate Alix Trimmer, who participates in the executive compensation and benefits, labour and employment advice and litigation, and social security sub-practices.

Testimonials

Von Wobeser’s team in the labour area is highly qualified to meet the requirements and needs of their clients, their service is efficient and they keep the client informed of the progress of the cases they manage. They have a good relationship with teams from other firms and even look for opportunities to support each other. Their treatment is friendly and close to the client, there is good availability to clarify any point. Concrete and well-founded answers.’

Honesty, clarity and availability. They have extensive knowledge and experience in similar companies. Quick response, very good service. and support.’

The team members as well as the firm’s leaders know well the capabilities and strengths of the team so that cases can be rotated correctly so that the expected solutions are objectively given and this is what differentiates them favorably from other firms with those that I have collaborated with.’

One of the elements that makes lawyers stand out is the promptness in the response and the clarity of the same, which generates a cost benefit higher than that of other firms, for this reason, for example Rodolfo Trampe, Rupert Huettler and their team have contributed to having practical and correct options in the application of labour law.’

Excellent communication. Innovation and proactivity to guarantee a good result in matters. Personal and direct treatment, they understand the client’s needs. Rodolfo Trampe and Alix Trimmer. Rodolfo Trampe has an excellent attitude of resolution and knowledge in labour matters.

‘Rodolfo Trampe is characterized by his great disposition and resolution of issues. Great knowledge in labour law, as well as updating in labour law issues with a great willingness to share knowledge. His professionalism and level of knowledge are of the highest standard and always take into account a very broad vision when giving his answers or recommendations. I have definitely had an excellent experience in terms of level and quality of service. It is a privilege to work with Rodolfo and his team.

The difference compared to some of the competitors I have worked with are precisely the issues mentioned in the previous point, in short, their level of service and commitment, as well as response times and comprehensive vision make them exceptional. I mainly deal with Rodolfo Trampe who is available 24/7 and I have also dealt with Alix Trimmer and other team members who are very capable and professional.

Key clients

American Standard

Diageo

Freudenberg Group

Schenker International

BMW Group

Automotive Veritas

Anheuser Busch InBev /Grupo Modelo

Hospital Shriners para Niños

KUKA Systems

Covestro

Work highlights

  • Reviewed the employment, social security and health and safety conditions of Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation and its services subsidiaries in order for it to be acquired, as well as reviewing the status of the labour claims as of the time of the acquisition.
  • Advised EVO Payments on acquisition and labour due diligence regarding certain assets purchased from SF Systems, including verifying the statues of transferring employees.

Sainz Abogados

The four-strong labour and employment practice at Sainz Abogados houses expertise in a wide range of litigious and regulatory matters, including undertaking complex litigation involving individuals or trade unions, as well as social security and workers’ housing fund matters. Specialist abour litigator Alejandro Nila Rosales heads the department and has almost 20 years' in the sector; he has particular expertise in collective bargaining agreements and union affairs, along with employee benefits and executive separations. Key support comes from experienced labour disputes practitioners, associates Omar Zayas and José Alberto Martínez. Since publication the firm has split into Cervantes Abogados and Sainz Abogados, S.C., effective as of November 2020.

Practice head(s):

Alejandro Nila Rosales

Key clients

CarVal Investors

Homex

Westrock / Victory Packaging

Veritiv

Tata Consultancy Services

Work highlights

  • Advised CarVal Investors Mexico on  labour litigation brought by the former General Manager and shareholder.
  • Advised Mexican real estate developer Desarrolladora Homex on labour litigation brought by the former General Director and shareholder.  
  • Advising WestRock / Victory Packaging on all their labour collective bargaining negotiations and employment matters in Mexico.

Chevez Ruiz Zamarripa

Tax giant Chevez Ruiz Zamarripa's recent diversification into the labour and IP sectors is already showing results in the busy employment sector. The practice was jump-started in September 2019 with the wholesale hire of an eight-strong team led by partner Rafael Vallejo from González Calvillo, SC. The group handles the full range of sector matters including restructuring, employment terminations, individual and collective labour negotiations, the implementation of incentivisation programs, as well as due diligence and other transaction-related matters. Vallejo has over 20 years' experience providing comprehensive labour, social security and employee benefits advice to domestic and international companies, including the prevention of labour contingencies, labour regulatory matters and labour litigation strategy. Key support comes from senior associates Mayeli Cabral and Juan José Soto Arias, who have almost 40 years' experience between them; Cabral focuses on labour risk management and labour procedure enforcement, while Soto's practice is centred on labour advisory and litigation - including both individual and collective contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Rafael Vallejo

Testimonials

The help that the firm gives doesn’t just remain at the level of what is required, but always seeks to give a broad overview of all the legal points that could be involved. It is an office that cares about its clients, for which reason they are informed and give personalised attention.’

The personalised service offered by Rafael Vallejo and his team (highlighting Juan José Soto) makes them superior to their competitors. The lawyers are characterized by their constant concern to know more about the business and the needs of the company.

I can only say that Rafael Vallejo is a great labor lawyer who is starting the practice at this firm.

The team is good, led by Rafael Vallejo. It handles both litigation and consulting and has an important specialization in transactional labour matters.

Rafael Vallejo is a leader in the market and recognized as such among his peers. He has good knowledge of the law and is always up to date.

Key clients

3M

Corteva Agriscience

DuPont

Inditex

Panduit

Man Energy

Hitachi

Vanguard

Moncler

Red Bull

ScanSource

BMC

Energizer

Work highlights

  • Advised 3M on the closure of one of its plants in San Luis Potosi, involving the layoff of 150 employees, including outsourced staff.
  • Undertook an internal labour compliance audit across three locations on behalf of Panduit Corporation, involving more than 500 employees and both manufacturing and administrative departments.
  • Local counsel to Crowell and Moring regarding the acquisition of EnCore Corporate by The Boeing Company; in particular, with relation to executive retention bonuses and the impact of the acquisition on the structure and payment of profit sharing to employees.

Bufete Díaz Mirón y Asociados SC

Bufete Díaz Mirón y Asociados SC is a highly-regarded boutique with offices in Mexico City, Guadalajara, Cancún and León. National and international clients benefit from a mix of services (including training programs), as well as support on collective bargaining agreements, social security, anti-corruption measures, and litigation. The three-partner team includes founding partner, labour veteran Luis Díaz Mirón; along with Luis Enrique Díaz Mirón (labour and social security, labour litigation and amparos), and Juan Jose Díaz Mirón, whose labour practice has a strong preventative orientation. Key associate support comes from experienced labour consultant Maribel Estevez; with litigators Hayde Galán and Pamela Nava also noted.

Practice head(s):

Luis Díaz Mirón

Ferran Martinez Abogados

Launched in January 2020, Ferran Martinez Abogados is a nine-strong labour boutique founded by the former head of labour at Cuesta Campos y Asociados S.C., Carlos Ferrán Martínez. The practice offers labour advisory on contracting, terminations, employee transfers, collective negotiations and policy, along with labour audits and compensation plan matters; as well as individual and collective labour litigation, amparos, strike procedures and inspections. Energetic, young managing partner Ferrán Martínez receives effusive praise from clients suggesting he will ‘undoubtedly be the next key player in the industry’, and is ‘setting the new standards for the market and the legal profession’. The firm's caseload to date includes successfully concluded collective bargaining on behalf of Corrubox, a restructuring for outsourcing group DMG, and advising PepsiCo on employment implications and liabilities arising from the Covid-19 pandemic, among other matters. Key support comes from Venezuela-qualified of counsel, Ana Cecilia Gerson, an experienced labour specialist with particular expertise in international and comparative labour law, as well as Mexican employment legislation.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Ferrán Martínez

Testimonials

Carlos Ferrán Martínez stands out for his excellent service, punctual recommendations, availability, ethics, excellent follow-up to litigation and who keeps us updated on relevant reforms in the matter.

Something that has contributed a lot to us from this practice is its clarity in comments, assertiveness in communication and great knowledge and practice of law. They know what is right and communicate it clearly and concretely. It seems to me that unlike other firms, this one has a genuine willingness to help and contribute. Their preparation and hunger to understand and apply the law according to the best interests of the company, the community and the country. In particular, Carlos Ferran is always close, humane and concerned not only with procedures but with people. His human sense creates an incredible balance so that the application of the law is always as fair as possible.

‘Their level of engagement is quite impressive. They really care about their client’s business. They know their client’s industries and really focus on adding value to our day-to-day operations. This is not only a top law firm, but a true business partner for us. Its lawyers (and especially managing partner Carlos Ferran Martínez) are fantastic with strategies. They make legal terms easy for us to understand.

Partner Carlos Ferran Martínez is one of a kind in terms of communication, strategy, client relationship and availability. No matter how complicated the agenda is for him, you will always get a prompt answer from him personally. No doubt he is the new reference for labor and employment matters in Mexico. He is setting the new standards for the market and the legal profession.

Undoubtedly, this practice is one of the most complex in our country and what the firm Ferran Martínez y Abogados has provided us is undoubtedly not only extensive knowledge on the matter, but also the provision of prudent, viable options in accordance with the needs of our organization, that is why we are not only grateful for the excellent work they have done, but we are also aware that many objectives would never have been achieved without the excellent advice of these lawyers.

Carlos Ferrán is undoubtedly the next key player in the industry. Despite his youth, his knowledge is extensive, up-to-date and always aimed at providing the best results to companies.

Key clients

CI Banco

Dow

PepsiCo

Corrubox

Gestell

Adamantine

DMG

Comunidad Senda

ProDESC

D’Villalpando

Work highlights

  • Represented CI Banco in succesful high-risk litigation arising from potential wrongful termination.
  • Advisory to PepsiCo in connection with all necessary measures to protect the company with contingency related to Covid-19.
  • Represented Dow in a complicated dispute brought by a former employee with strong bonds to the company’s current union.
  • Labour and employment due diligence on behalf of fin-tech company Adamantine.
  • Undertook the legitimation process of the collective bargaining agreement on behalf of educational group Comunidad Senda, as required by new legislation.

Holland & Knight

Senior counsel Leslie Palma heads a 10-strong labour and employment practice at international full-service firm, Holland & Knight's México office, which garners praise for its ‘personalised service’. An experienced figure, Palma has 20 years' corporate labour expertise, including individual and collective procedures and labour due diligence, and leads on all labour mandates. Recent matters include the labour aspect of transactional operations (including employee transfers), labour law compliance audits, restructuring processes, labour litigation and payroll and incentivisation matters. Key associate support comes from Claudia González; however, former counsel Jaime Rodríguez Eguiarte left for Ibarra, del Paso y Gallego in mid-2019.

Practice head(s):

Leslie Palma

Testimonials

What makes Holland & Knight’s work practice unique is their personalised service and ability to understand our company. They are practically an integral part of our team. Leslie Palma has been an unrivalled support in my experience with other firms. From immigration issues to trade unions, her expertise has been of great help to our company.

Key clients

Comercializador Sodico

Fibra Uno

PepsiCo International Mexico

Tiendas Soriana

Stericycle Mexico

Novonorndisk Mexico

Work highlights

  • Advised Comercializadora Sodico on its personnel recruitment and expansion plans to establish 20 new stores in Mexico.
  • Advised Fibra Uno on  a due diligence in connection with its compensation and benefits-retention plans to prevent employees from leaving the company.

Ibarra, del Paso y Gallego

The arrival of former Holland & Knight senior counsel Jaime Rodríguez Eguiarte to head up a new labour and employment practice at Ibarra, del Paso y Gallego in May 2019 appears to have bedded in well with enthusiastic clients speaking of the ‘highest levels of professionalism, integrity and the search for ingenious and practical solutions to conflicts’. The nascent practice -the firm hired a junior lawyer from market leaders Marván, González Graf y González Larrazolo, S.C. (MGGL) in March- undertakes a broad range of services including labour due diligence processes, profit sharing, employer substitutions, collective bargaining agreements and union negotiations, among other matters; and is also recommended for its compliance advice. Recent matters include a significant labour restructuring for Samurai Motors across its Mexico City, Puebla and Veracruz operations, as well as in the negotiation of a union collective bargaining agreement on behalf of Agua de México.

Practice head(s):

Jaime Rodriguez Eguiarte

Testimonials

We have enjoyed the professional services of Jaime Rodríguez E. and his legal team in the labour area of ​​the Ibarra, del Paso y Gallego law firm for several years and throughout this period they have always manifested the highest levels of professionalism, integrity and the search for ingenious and practical solutions to the conflicts on which they have supported us.

Jaime Rodríguez’s team at the firm has been very competent, collaborative, committed and contributory in the processes on which they have been supporting us.

‘Jaime Rodriguez’ attention and service attitude is impeccable. Available at all hours: you can count on his support at all times, if you cannot reach him he will call you back in no more than a day. Regardless of the time, he’ll be aware of what we may need. His advice is easy to understand, since we are not experts in the subject. His seniority gives us peace of mind – since he can solve and perform in any field, he always solves the problem. The results that Jaime provides us gives options for better decision making.’

‘Jaime is extremely professional and knowledgeable in local labour matters. He has always been an excellent partner for all labour issues in Mexico. He is flexible and extremely efficient when it comes to answering the queries that arise on a daily basis and that is highly valued since speed, efficiency and confidence are super important things when dealing with issues as delicate as those of people. Working with Jaime has been and is a pleasure and I have 100% confidence in his criteria, I know that he will always be giving a solid and balanced opinion to help us make the best decisions.

I have worked on important projects regarding key personnel lay-offs, restructuring and union negotiations with Jaime Rodríguez; we have always had his support in a professional and informed manner, and he is a great guide in actions and risk analysis; in all cases we have reached agreements favourable to the company and the workers. He supported us prominently in a case complicated by the economic value of the position of the employee, and which also had legal and labour implications in France, the US and Mexico; Jaime took over the negotiations and closed the case satisfactorily for both parties. In other projects he has accompanied and advised us to act accurately. We plan to continue working with him and we highly recommend him for his skills, knowledge of the law and his professional ethics.

Jaime Rodríguez advises us on a daily basis on issues of labour compliance, collective labour law and litigation. He is personally responsible for providing us with satisfactory solutions from the beginning to the end of the procedures.

Key clients

Universal Pictures Mexico

Mizuho Bank Mexico

Lottus Capital Fund

Agua de México

Saurai Motors

Tras Retail

Sistemas Interactivos de consultoría

Work highlights

  • Currently advising Universal Pictures Mexico, the Mexican brand of the American film studio, on day-to-day labour and employment matters.
  • Standing external labour and employment counsel to Mizuho Bank Mexico since it began operations in 2015.
  • Standing labour litigation counsel to Lottus Capital Fund subsidiary, Universidad de las Tres Culturas.
  • Represented Agua de México in a collective bargaining process with the labour union representing the majority of the client’s employees.

Roel Abogados

With offices in León, Torreón and Mexico City, boutique firm Roel Abogados has three decades in the market and offers a broad range of services including labour diagnostics (and compliance), ongoing advice and representation, collective matters, migration and employment law support on corporate transactions. Senior partner Jorge Enrique Roel, along with current president of the labour commission of the Consejo Coordinador Empresarial (CCE), labour practice director, Lorenzo Roel Hernández (in Torreón), are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Enrique Roel

Key clients

GM

Hino

Pirelli

Adient

FEMSA

Ferro Rocher

Ford

Bader (Mexico)

Hal (Mexico)

Interceramic

Kromberg & Schubert

OshKosh

Vega, Guerrero & Asociados

Founded in Aguascalientes in 2014, Vega, Guerrero & Asociados now has offices across Monterrey, San Luis Potosí, León, Querétaro and Mexico City. It fields a six-strong labour team that handles a wide range of employment matters including reorganizations, restructuring, the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, employment litigation, dismissals, employment compliance and training, among others matters. Oziel A. Guerrero de Anda returned to private practice in January 2020 following a three-year leave of absence at Aguascalientes State government, firstly as Minister of Labour and subsequently as general counsel of the administration. Key support comes from ‘excellent litigator’, associate Javier Ambriz, who is known for ‘implementing highly innovative strategies in the defence of complex lawsuits’, and also handles labour advisory. Corporate finance-focused Mexico City-based managing partner, Joaquín Vega Martínez, also leans into the practice, particularly in relation to migration and work visa-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Oziel A. Guerrero de Anda

Testimonials

They have a very good understanding of the integration of services between legal and business needs, and have a team with good response capacity and that can solve complex problems in the area of ​​the Bajío. They have managed to build a very good relationship and reputation with government factors and are very pragmatic in the legal solutions they offer.

At Vega, Guerrero & Asociados, the responsibility and autonomy of the staff has allowed them to have a multidisciplinary character to perform in avant-garde practice areas of vital importance in the development of Mexico. Discipline, responsibility, loyalty, honesty and autonomy, being the pillars of the firm, have positioned them as one of the best firms in the region, inspiring the trust and security that clients seek.

The Vega Guerrero & Asociados team has given us better results than other firms, they are distinguished by being young people, very studious, and updated on any subject. The personalised attention of the members is better than other firms, in urgent cases, Joaquín Vega, Oziel Guerrero and Javier Ambriz, have always answered my calls, given an immediate response, with high professionalism, and knowledge.’

VGA’s labour and social security team is characterised by implementing highly innovative strategies in the defense of complex lawsuits, which has allowed us to obtain favorable resolutions in the vast majority of our cases. In addition, they always look for alternatives to resolve matters, which generates great confidence in us as internal lawyers, since we know that if the matter is entrusted to VGA, we will have good results. On the other hand, both Javier and Oziel are always at the forefront of regulatory changes, they have impressive academic curricula and are so far our best option for collective and union disputes. Similarly, the global mobility expatriate sub-specialization, handling everything concerning the hiring and immigration of foreign workers, is a difficult combo to beat.

Oziel Guerrero is a lawyer with extensive experience in the labour issue, in addition to the fact that his position in the public sector allowed him to obtain very important credentials that always help at the time of conflict resolution. Javier Ambriz is an excellent litigator, he has supported us a lot with the strategies that he has implemented in the trials where he represents us, we can say that we have had great savings in contingencies due to his expertise in the matter. Aldo Muñoz has much more experience in criteria and corporate migration management of employees than many more senior lawyers we have met.

The work team is an efficient team in terms of response time and knowledge of labour matters, for which it is a great support for all labour issues in which they support us. Oziel Guerrero is the partner that normally attends us and what makes him stand out is the quality of the personalised service that it gives us, from the responses in a timely manner, as well as the initiative and proactivity to solve the problems that we face, in addition to having great management of boards of conciliation and arbitration.’

The firm has a very good presence in the State of Aguascalientes where it is a leading law firm. Oziel Guerrero, the partner in the labor area is a leading lawyer in Aguascalientes with a very good reputation and good relations with the local government.’

Key clients

Industrias Jobar

Recursos Solares

Veolia México

Gas Oro

Teklas Automotive México

Hilton Garden Inn

Posco México

Fujita Corporation

TechMahindra

Compas Mexico

Work highlights

  • Advised textile manufacturing company Industrias Jobar on a collective redundancy affecting more than 680 employees.
  • Advised Recursos Solares on a strike called by the Construction and Transportation Industry union at the client’s Trompezon solar-photovoltaic plant project.
  • Advised Veolia (Aguascalientes)  on a restructuring of its internal organization, involving the termination of all management positions at the company.
  • Successfully assisted Mexican company Gas Oro with the handling of a strike action which could have resulted in losses of MXN$10m and 100 jobs.
  • Successfully represented insurance giant AXA in 155 employment litigation proceedings brought by retired employees concerning the payment of pensions accumulated in pension funds managed by AXA.